The Silence of Bees (2008)
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I do wish the movie could have been longer. I found myself wanting more backstory about Alex's mom and in her past and present relationships. I wanted to know more about Parker and what made him the way he was. I want to know what the relationship was like between Alex and her dad before her mom went away.
I love the story about how this movie was made. The budget was small and the actors did the movie as favors of the directors. They loved the script and wanted to be a part of the film.
The Actors: Jim Beaver is a stage, film, television actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian. He is perhaps most familiar to worldwide audiences as 'Ellsworth'... the gruff, tenderhearted prospector in the HBO series Deadwood. This role won him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Sharon Garnier appears in a wide range of television and film projects, including HBO's Deadwood and WB's Jack & Bobby. Her primary work is in the realm of independent film and theatre. Sharon's recent film portrayal as Alex McKenzie in the independent short film The Silence of Bees found attention in several international film festivals.
The Writers: Joanna Perry-Folino, Screenwriter and Producer Joanna is the Executive Producer of Into The Fire Film and Theatrical Productions, LLC. She is a playwright, screenwriter, librettist as well as a producer. Her short film, The Silence of Bees, (based on the prologue to her stage play of the same title) won the prestigious Accolade Film Award in 2008, an Aloha Accolade from the Honolulu International Film Festival in 2009 and was screened at the Southeast New England Film Festival, The Kodak Screening Room in Los Angeles by Women in Film in April 2009, at the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia and The Naperville Independent Film Festival in Illinois where it is an Official Selection. Also the producer of the film!
The Director: Andrew J. Traister's recent production of Waiting For Godot at A Noise Within in Glendale, California, was chosen as a Los Angeles Times Critics Choice. Andrew directed The Actors Playpen's inaugural productions of Lolita and Road To Nirvana in Hollywood. He has directed at The Old Globe Theatre, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Geva Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre and many more companies across the country.
I liked: The location; the location was really pretty and gave a different spin on the film. The actors/actresses; super into their rolls, felt like they were their character & the relationship between them was great. It was a good short film & I do not have anything really to say negatively.
Sharon Garnier plays a perfect Alex because she has the right uptight look and conflicting emotions between Alex's father, Parker, played by Jim Beaver, who also played his character well. The father-daughter relationship seemed very real. In the beginning, Alex seems like she no longer cares to be living with her father and responds to her father's questions in a tight way, but towards the end, she begins to feel more appreciated and loved by her father.
Because this was a very short film (17 minutes), I felt it left me with many unanswered questions, but I also believe there was enough depth to the two characters that made the film watchable and not boring.
The ambiance created on screen was very fitting with the location and emotional conversation happening between father and daughter. Jim was excellent as Parker. His chill demeanor and relaxed attitude seemed genuine. He is spot on with his facial expressions matching his sarcastic attitude. You can tell he is a veteran actor. The exchanges between Parker and Alex seem real and not forced. When Alex gets emotional after reading the note from her dad it made me get teary eyed. It was a moving scene. You could feel the love between them although it isn't said outright. I thought this film was excellent. It had some funny parts (Parker) and had just enough to pull at your heartstrings. I loved the set. All the candles spread about cast a nice glow over this bonding moment between father and daughter. The one criticism I do have is about the rabbit stew. It looked like it was a couple of cans of Campbell's soup poured into a pot. It did not look appetizing and when Parker said "Not bad." like he enjoyed it, I just didn't believe him. It would have been better if they just chopped up real carrots, potatoes, celery, and an onion along with water and a stew packet. It would probably cost the same but just look so much better. I was also bummed that I couldn't hear the party next door (It was in the screenplay but didn't seem to be in the film). It would have added a bit to the emotional feeling. Having a party going on next door while you're having a more serious conversation would make it seem that much more intense.
The story line was also very effortless and easy to follow. You could really see the awkwardness between the characters. The actors chosen for this film were chosen well.
is like for a father daughter with a troubled relationship
I wasn't a fan of the lighting but I thought the directing was really great.
The actors are Jim Beaver who plays Parker. He is an American actor who is known for playing in the TV series Supernatural and Deadwood. And the other actress is Sharon Garnier who is also an American actress known for Deadwood and a couple of other TV shows. The fact that she has no photo in her IMDb profile, makes me think she's not so well known.
The writer and executive producer is Joanna Perry-Folino who is a producer, performer, screenwriter and playwright. And also a professor at Los Medanos College.
The director is Andrew Traister who is an actor and director.
Some strengths of the film were how beautiful the cinematography was, especially at the beginning and at the end. They did a great job at capturing the feelings and emotion that the film was trying to show. Another strength was Jim Beaver's performance as Parker. I think he did an amazing job and matched almost exactly as I envisioned in my head Parker's character.
One weakness I think would be some of Sharon Garnier's performance, while she played the part fairly well. I felt that some scenes where there was an emotion to express, she lacked that expression.
Jim Beaver as Parker Lam
Born August 12, 1950 American stage, film, and television actor, playwright,screenwriter, and film historian Famous for his role in the TV show Supernatural and Deadwood His performance in The Silence of Bees won him the Best Actor Award at the 2010 New York Film and Video Festival Sharon Garnier as Alex McKenzie
Born in 1974 in San Francisco, California, USA Known for her work on Deadwood (2004), Help Me, Oprah (2005) and Reminder (2007) Writer
Born 20 August 1960, Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA Professor, producer, performer, playwright and screenwriter Working on the development of new pieces in a variety of genres including film, stage, storytelling and photography. Writer for The Huffington Post. Producers
Cinematographer and producer Director
An actor and director Known for The Afikomen (2013), The Track(2007) and The Silence of Bees (2008)
The cinematography was exceptional. Everything fell in place - from the aerial view of the island, dim lightning, to the bees buzzing around the flowers. The script was really good. There is no over dramatization of the father-daughter relationship. Sounded realistic. The actors were very good at their job. I liked Parker's character. He is a natural actor Weaknesses
Not many themes, except for love, commitment and friendship Not many symbolic items or actions. Overall, an amazing short film. If you are not into short films, this one will definitely change your mind. All of Joanna Perry- Folipo's work is exceptional, but this film takes the cake.